By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on August 18, 2014
The Miami Dolphins will take on the Dallas Cowboys this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. EST in search of their second win of the NFL preseason. Miami played well last week against Tampa Bay, but they will need big performances from these five players to secure a second straight preseason victory.
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Miller has had a subpar showing this preseason after looking fantastic during training camps and minicamps. Miller is currently sitting as the team's No. 1 back, but that could all change when RB Knowshon Moreno is fully healthy and ready to go. Miller has yet to distance himself from below-average backups Mike Gillislee, Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa. Miller needs to show some burst and explosion on Saturday night.
My goodness, does Philip Wheeler stink or what? He looks as though he has not improved at all during the offseason and still cannot tackle as evident of his would-be-sack on QB Josh McCown last Saturday night that he failed to finish because, well, he's Philip Wheeler. Wheeler needs to become a much more consistent linebacker overall. Miami has done everything they can to replace him with younger talent, but those players are not ready yet.
Jordan made some plays in Miami's 20-14 victory over Tampa Bay last Saturday night, but he was completely invisible in Miami's preseason opener against Atlanta. Jordan has yet to distance himself from DE Derrick Shelby and even rookie DE Terrence Fede as the team's No. 3 defensive end. He needs to continue to make plays as a pass rusher to even be considered the No. 4 defensive end for the team at this point.
Matthews is on this list because, well, quite simply he is a beast! Matthews has looked like the team's top slot receiver thus far and could seriously steal that job away from WRs Brandon Gibson and rookie Jarvis Landry with another great outing Saturday night. Matthews has shown great hands and the ability to make plays with his legs after he catches the football. Catch the football, right Mike Wallace? Look it into your hands? Yeah.
It certainly seems as though the Dallas Thomas experiment is over as Thomas is now listed as the second-team right guard. Veteran Shelley Smith will take Thomas' starting spot at right guard, but I am intrigued to see how Turner would play with the first-team offense. Turner has experience as a left tackle, so we know he can move his feet, but the third-round pick plays much angrier and more physical than Thomas. His style intrigues me.
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